Did you see Venus and the Pleiades last night? Although it was mostly cloudy at my place a few holes provided several quick viewing opportunities. For me there were two surprises. First, I could still see the little trapezoid of stars to the right of Venus with the naked eye. I thought the glare of Venus might block them from view. Second, the view in binoculars was simply amazing — the planet was so bright compared to the tiny stars it felt like looking at the sun.
Don’t think the show is over! Venus will still gleam on the cluster’s doorstep just one moon diameter to its east tonight. Step outside sometime between 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. and face west-northwest for a look. And do bring binoculars!